Friday, June 1


Welcome, friends, to another potluck wherein I share all of the tidbits I collected that were too short for a blog post, but too good to keep to myself...

The meat and potatoes:

For those of you who like challenges as much as I do (21 day yoga challenge, RW run streak, new to you cross training challenge, etc...) I just found a new one: GOOD's 30-day Challenge for June is to Make Your Own Meals every day for a month.
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Even though I won't be participating in this challenge (hard to make a home-cooked meal in a hotel room when I'm traveling for work), I look forward to the daily recipes and kitchen tips.

Go figure:

And for those of you, like me, who are in the >20 BMI range, I found the perfect comeback for when someone tells you that you "don't look like a runner." (And it doesn't involve smacking the rude bastard.)

Recent findings suggest that there is no correlation between higher body mass and higher injury rates among runners. In fact, among women, the opposite is true.

Of course, more research needs to be conducted to understand why lower BMI is correlated with higher injury rates among female runners. But in the meantime, I'm adding this information to my collection of evidence that not everyone thin is fit, and not everyone fit is thin.


Peter Sagal's most recent article in Runner's World is about going back to your childhood home to run.
I have only one thing to say: I posted first!

Dinner conversation starters:
  • If you were hiking or trail running, and came upon a labyrinth, would you stay and explore? If you found that people left "offerings" in the middle of the labyrinth, would you offer something too?
  • If you could have one non-conventional room in your house, what would it be?

  • So often, when runners say "minimalist," we mean lightweight shoes. But what if we took the concept further and explored a life of less consumption in all things?

Quote of the week:
"My head monk asked how it was walking. I said it hurt without shoes. And he said, 'It hurts on the foot that's down, but the one that's up feels really good - so focus on that one'."
Deepak Chopra (on preparing to be ordained as a Buddhist monk)


  1. I've been seeking a more minimalist approach to life, especially in the area of debt reduction and eliminating credit card use. It's difficult to put so much focus on reduction when there are many things we would like to have. My wife and I both love to shop, she for clothes and me for music, and we'd both like to travel. The difficulty is balancing those wants. Thanks for the article link. Cheers!

  2. if I *ever* came across a labyrinth I'd have to explore. "why were you late?" "you'll never believe..." :)

  3. The bmi thing is really interesting. I've read something similar before, and I think it's connected especially to women who lose a lot of weight and/or don't get enough weight-bearing exercise or calcium- they can have low bone density without knowing it, and can have a much higher risk of stress fractures, etc. Great round up post! I'm doing the RW streak and the cross training challenge. :)


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